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Civil Litigation   

Learn all about the civil litigation process and how it impacts the role of the paralegal.

The course is designed to follow the procedures of a civil lawsuit from the first client contact through discovery, settlement negotiations or trial, and appeal. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the paralegal in preparing court documents, investigation, client and witness contact, discovery and trial assistantship.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Learn all about the civil litigation process and how it impacts the role of the paralegal.
  1. Initial client overview
    1. Introduction to Civil litigation
    2. Sources of American laws
    3. Stages of civil disputes
      1. Initial client interview
      2. Investigations
      3. Pretrial litigation
      4. Settlement
      5. Trial/Appeal
  2. In the investigation stage, the paralegal needs to examine and inquire into the claim
    1. Acceptance of case
    2. Fee agreement
    3. Demand letter
  3. In pretrial litigation, the initial preparation of pleadings to initiate a lawsuit
  4. The settlement means an agreement has been reached before the trial
  5. The order of the trial/appeal
    1. Jury selection
    2. Opening statement
    3. Case in chief
    4. Evidence
    5. Examination of witnesses
    6. Establishing evidence
    7. Closing
    8. Jury instructions

What you will learn

  • Litigation Process
  • Claim Investigation
  • Trial and Appeals Process

How you will benefit

  • Gain knowledge of litigation concepts and processes to prepare for or advance your paralegal career


Civil Litigation
Fee: $115.00
Dates: 5/1/2022 - 7/31/2022
Delivery Method: Online

This course is offered through our partners at ed2go.  These courses are fun, fast, convenient, easy to use, and led by an expert instructor.  Courses run for six weeks and you have 24/7 access to two lessons each week. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons include hands-on assignments.

You will receive an e-mail with course access information upon completion of your enrollment.

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